The 10th anniversary of Latitude Festival takes place in Henham park, Southwold next week. The Suffolk celebration of arts, theatre, music and comedy has gone from strength to strength through the years and 2015 boasts one of its strongest lineups. We have collated a hefty ten musical acts you cannot afford to miss should you be lucky enough to be heading to the sunny site on July 16.
There is very little information available online about this exciting alt-pop duo apart from the infectious, staggering debut ‘Thank You’ which is accompanied by a simplistic and dramatic video. Latitude is an invaluable opportunity to see this group perform on the intimate Other Voices stage before they are propelled higher in 2016.
Elly Jackson took five years to follow up her eponymous debut and even parted ways with her bandmate during this spell. She proved patience is an integral virtue in 2014 when she eventually returned with the ice cool ‘Trouble In Paradise’. A record drenched in dark disco tones and tropicana beats that has an equally effortless island show to accompany.
The breakout band of Glastonbury recently charted at #2 in the UK with their debut album ‘My Love is Cool’. The hotly tipped alt-rock outfit will not be gracing the smaller stages for very long so the 6music tent is a great chance to enjoy the intense and ferocious ‘Giant Peach’ and ‘Bros’ lead by an equally ferocious Ellie Roswell.
One of the most interesting artists to emerge onto the UK dance circuit in 2015 is the dark and deadly Ben Khan. He has so far released two flawless EPs and is steadily identifying himself as an innovator, combining high produced synth with moody bass riffs and melodies. Hopefully he will be playing a late night set at the iArena to truly transport his audience to the old-school eras he yearns to have lived through.
One of the UK’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters will return to Latitude after a lengthy break, taking a deserved spot on the main stage. With five albums of pure gold beneath her 25 year old belt, she is assured to captivate the whole arena with the new material from ‘Short Movie’. She is an infrequent touring artist due to her commitments to recording so this will be a wonderful celebration of an acclaimed career that has only really just begun.
The Lake Stage is curated this year by Huw Stevens and boasts to having previously hosted this year’s headliners Alt-J as they were first setting out on the circuit. Romantic dance duo Honne could possibly be heading in a similar direction should the quality of their first releases remain a consistence. They have captivated the likes of 6Music and Radio 1 with ‘Coastal Love’ and the expertly produced ‘Warm on A Cold Night’. It will be a set to behold and one likely to transport you away from the headiness of the festival.
Experimental punk band Savages released one of the most solid debuts in many years in 2012 that left a visible, visceral scar on the music industry. The female quartet have not performed in the UK for some time so Latitude will be an opportunity to test some new material from the anticipated second album along with the basement anthems including ‘I Am Here’ and ‘Husbands’.
Another recruit to The Lake Stage for 2015 is Lancashire duo Aquilo comprising of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher. They have caused a huge stir on the circuit so far in 2015 with a juxtaposing production style that is both balladic and danceable all at once. A similar formula used by the likes of Hurts, there is no doubt the debut album will be a huge hit so capitalise on seeing them on a small platform.
Playing the iArena nestled within the woodlands, Shura is likely to draw a large crowd thanks to the irresistible 80s tones of her debut single ‘2Shy’. Aleksandra Denton is set to be a pioneer in retro pop and will no doubt be snapped up in 2016 by the likes of NME and Radio 1 so beat the trend and catch her in Southwold.
The masked dance innovator is set to buck the trend of revellers leaving early on Sunday this year as he takes over the 6Music tent for a hedonistic party fuelled by his two albums. ‘Wonder Where we Land’ is still a personal favourite of 2014 and following a headline promotion Aaron Jerome is likely to have organised some surprise appearances from the likes of Sampha and Jessie Ware to help close Latitude’s tenth birthday in appropriate style.
Latitude Festival takes place in Henham Park, Southwold between July 16 – 19. Tickets are available here: http://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets